SCHENECTADY – In a recent string of scams, a caller who suggests he’s Police Chief Eric Clifford contacted a Rotterdam resident offering not to arrest the individual in exchange for a gift card payment.A message posted to the Schenectady Police Department’s Facebook page Thursday alerted the community to the ongoing phone and email scams.
The caller asks for personal information and use “deceptive, high-pressure fear tactics to get the victim to submit payment or face criminal penalties.”
Police were made aware of the local scam the past several days, the social media post read.
During the call that mentioned the police chief, the victim was threatened with arrest because of a purported issue about three residents’ social security numbers.
The caller said the issue was being reported to the Federal Trade Commission, and it pertained to illegitimate money linked to the resident’s social security account. The resident was instructed to submit a gift card payment to resolve the matter.
“The Schenectady Police Department will never contact someone and threaten arrest if money is not received and will never ask for payment in the form of a gift card. Neither will any legitimate agency. If you receive a call like this, hang up immediately. If you question whether any call is legitimate, look up the actual agency’s phone number and contact them directly.”
Scams have also come in the form of emails. Do not click on links from an untrusted source, police said.